VD is for Everybody
- Ad Council
- Digitizing sponsor
- American Social Health Association
The American Social Health Association was always experimenting with new ways to educate the public about venereal disease. They helped produce the first VD education film, "Fit to Fight", in 1918 in order to educate soldiers being shipped abroad to fight in the first World War. Although this popular TV public service announcement informs the public that everybody is susceptible to venereal disease, strangely, it also seems to imply that having VD will make you successful, attractive and happy. Also, the song is quite infectious...
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- 2005-01-30 17:15:05
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Subject: My favorite PSA ever
BTW for the people who believe this has the wrong Ad Council logo, The Ad Council's current logo debuted in 1969, the year this ad was produced.
@Reviewer: torgman - January 8, 2010
And yet there's that exact, same pesky new logo likewise concluding, for example, this 1972 UNCF PSA (http://www.adcouncil.org/Our-Campaigns/The-Classics/United-Negro-College-Fund). Reviewer: OrygunState - March 24, 2007 would, on the other hand, look to have it pretty much pegged.
Subject: they didn't call it the swingin 70's for nothing
Subject: VD is for Everybody PSA
Subject: "...it's REAL!"
Subject: Way back then
Subject: Ah, That Sweet Blush of VD!
I was also the one who left pamphlets for "The PILL" in my mom's bathroom. That I had gotten from the community college pamphlet stand during a "take your little bro or sis to campus day." It only came out years later at a family reunion as to which of us had planted the mystery literature.
Subject: I remember this!
Subject: I Heart NY!
Subject: TV is for everybody
Subject: was going to be a sitcom on PBS
Subject: VD VID
Subject: It's ironic...
Subject: IS ANYONE GOING TO FIX THE DATE ON THIS???
Subject: Love the title
Subject: stronly recommanded
Subject: VD - The REMIX!
Subject: worth the download
Subject: 70's not 1969
This commercial was filmed in the 70's. In the jogging segment there is a 1970 Ford Maverick and an orange 1971-2 Dodge van, neither looks brand new. Also the violin player's sweater-shirt and hairstyle combo looks just like mine did circa '77-'78. Note the girl in the opening shot has feathered hair, made popular by Farrah Fawcett from the original Charlies's Angels. This ad is circa 1974.
I saw this spot as 'yoot' in the 70's and I never forgot the song. It was played until the late 70's. By then it was dated by several years. At that time, there was no digital, so you could tell that a commercial or rerun was old by how scratchy, dirty and worn the film and soundtrack were.
At an idle moment at work this song came to my head and I absently-mindedly started to softly sing it. Then I though, 'what if someone hears this?'
Subject: That DAM song is in my head now!
Just seeing the title has that silly jingle bouncing around in my head. I was almost 13 when this PSA hit and I agree that it mad me want to find out what VD was and how I could get some.
A real classic example of how disconnected the two generations really were. They tried to make a "hip" warning and turned out a pro-VD ad instead.
Like the other poster on here who had people think she was nuts when she'd tell them about this PSA, I, too, would get funny looks from people when I'd tell them about its existence.
Now, I don't have to tell them anymore. I can show them. Now VD really *is* for everybody. ;)
Subject: I can't belive it!
Finding this P.S.A has made me happy.
Subject: VD is beautiful
VD seems to be a cool thing for everybody aldo its irony maybe works at the sense that you feel that you could be next but still the music puts you in a very romantic mood which makes you want to be like the beautiful portraits of you girls and boys with VD.
I ll rate it 5stars for the great song which puts you in a very mellow mood
Subject: It made an impression
Subject: In the style of Kurt Weill
Subject: Everything is Music (that's right Bjork)
Subject: I gots to get me some of that VD
Subject: Sexual Disease never seemed this FUN!
Subject: Bring this campaign back, but for HIV
Not just for the few
Anyone can share VD
With someone nice as you
VD -- is for everybody
Darlin' have no doubt
That anyone can get VD
That's what it's all about
I love to perform the song, accompanied on my banjo, in the streets of the French Quarter. Always good for a few tips!
Subject: Never thought I'd see this again!
Subject: VD for me, see!
The jogging guy towards the end looks like Bill O'Reilly...
Subject: Streaming Versions seem to stutter....
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